Riding for the brand

State lawmakers instill Code of the West

Star-Tribune – By JEREMY PELZER

CHEYENNE– Like many other states, Wyoming has a list of official state symbols, from a state tree to a state butterfly.

But on Wednesday, Wyoming became the first state in the nation to have an official state code.

In a state Capitol ceremony, Gov. Dave Freudenthal signed into law legislation making “The Code of the West” the official state code.

The code is composed of 10 principles outlined in Jim Owen’s book “Cowboy Ethics: What Wall Street can learn from the Code of the West.” Among them: “Always Finish What you Start,” “When You Make a Promise, Keep It,” and “Ride for the Brand,” which means putting the welfare of your group above personal gain.

Owen, a retired economic investor who now lives in Austin, Texas, said the rash of corporate scandals over the past couple years motivated him to put on paper some core values embodied in that timeless American symbol: the cowboy.

By his own admission, Owen isn’t a cowboy himself. He spent a year researching for the book by reading more than 100 Western books, watching dozens of Western movies, and reading hundreds of letters sent in from ranchers across the West.

Owen says Americans — especially young Americans — can learn a lot from core Western beliefs of right and wrong.

“I grew up with Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, and they were my heroes,” Owen said. “And today, my hero is the working cowboy. And it’s that optimism, the courage, the hard work that built the country. We’ve gotten away from these common-sense core values.”

Owen said he’s now focusing on introducing the Code of the West to schoolchildren throughout the country.

“We need to inspire youngsters to do the right thing,” he said, “and think about some of the issues of character and what you’re doing and following your dream and listening to your heart.”

The code will also be prominently featured in the atrium of the new UW College of Business building, which is currently under construction. The business school has also incorporated the Code of the West into several of its business ethics courses.

“We use it as a framework to help our students think about how they would conduct themselves in the business world,” said Brent Hathaway, dean of the UW College of Business. “It’s just become ingrained in our coursework and how we try to behave ourselves — it just made sense to kind of have that as an inspirational code that we want to live by.”

In addition, the business school, along with the Wyoming Business Council and other groups, helped fund a 30-minute “Code of the West” documentary.

The documentary, produced by Owen, includes several state legislators extolling Wyoming and cowboy ethics.

State Sen. Jim Anderson, the Glenrock Republican who sponsored the bill making The Code of the West Wyoming’s official state code, said that by officially recognizing the principles, Wyoming is declaring to the world the values and ethics that Cowboy State residents hold dear.

“The thing that appeals about this to me was these are the things that I was raised by,” said Anderson, whose ancestors first came to Wyoming in 1869. “These are the things that I see my 84-year-old father-in-law live his life by.”

Contact capital bureau reporter Jeremy Pelzer at (307) 632-1244 or Jeremy.pelzer@trib.com.

The Code of the West

1. Live Each Day with Courage

2. Take Pride in Your Work

3. Always Finish What you Start

4. Do What Has to Be Done

5. Be Tough, But Fair

6. When You Make a Promise, Keep It

7. Ride for the Brand

8. Talk Less and Say More

9. Remember That Some Things Are Not For Sale

10. Know Where to Draw the Line

On the Web

See a trailer for the Code of the West documentary at http://vimeo.com/7931683

Utah AG takes football antitrust case to Holder, Varney

Legal Newsline – BY CHRIS RIZO

WASHINGTON – Big legal troubles could be in store for the college football playoff system that the Utah attorney general says disadvantages his and other states.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said Tuesday that the Bowl Championship Series could face multistate litigation — and even federal antitrust action — over the way the BCS chooses its championship game participants.

“This could be a multi-hundred million (dollar) lawsuit,” Shurtleff told Legal Newsline, adding that litigation would be a last resort for him. “Ultimately the goal is not to get money but to get them to change the system to be more competitive.”

Shurtleff, a Republican, said teams from lesser-known conferences, like Utah’s Mountain West Conference, do not get an automatic bid into a BCS bowl, placing them at a competitive and a financial disadvantage.

“We are talking about hundreds of millions of dollars if not billions, and these are taxpayer-funded institutions and if they are doing something illegal then we need to do something about it,” said Shurtleff, who is in Washington attending the National Association of Attorneys General spring convention.

Shurtleff became sharply critical of the BCS after his home-state’s University of Utah Utes were excluded from the title game last season despite their perfect record.

Utah finished the season as Division I’s only undefeated team, posting a 13-0 and record including wins over four ranked football teams.

“The attention and the good will that Utah would have gotten from playing in the championship game is priceless,” Shurtleff said.

The BCS two title game participants are chosen by a complex system that uses such things as polls, strength of schedule and other factors to determine the top two teams in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.

At the NAAG meeting, Shurtleff said he discussed his issues with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the chief of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, Christine Varney.

Both officials were “very interested” in the matter, said Shurtleff, who today mailed the two officials a 90-page executive briefing outlining his BCS concerns.

“With the DOJ involved and some states — I think that might be what it takes to get them to say ‘fine’ and change things,” Shurtleff said.

The Sleeper

by: Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

At midnight, in the month of June,
I stand beneath the mystic moon.
An opiate vapor, dewy, dim,
Exhales from out her golden rim,
And, softly dripping, drop by drop,
Upon the quiet mountain top,
Steals drowsily and musically
Into the universal valley.
The rosemary nods upon the grave;
The lily lolls upon the wave;
Wrapping the fog about its breast,
The ruin moulders into rest;
Looking like Lethe, see! the lake
A conscious slumber seems to take,
And would not, for the world, awake.
All Beauty sleeps!—and lo! where lies
(Her casement open to the skies)
Irene, with her Destinies!
Oh, lady bright! can it be right—
This window open to the night!
The wanton airs, from the tree-top,
Laughingly through the lattice-drop—
The bodiless airs, a wizard rout,
Flit through thy chamber in and out,
And wave the curtain canopy
So fitfully—so fearfully—
Above the closed and fringed lid
‘Neath which thy slumb’ring soul lies hid,
That, o’er the floor and down the wall,
Like ghosts the shadows rise and fall!
Oh, lady dear, hast thou no fear?
Why and what art thou dreaming here?
Sure thou art come o’er far-off seas,
A wonder to these garden trees!
Strange is thy pallor! strange thy dress!
Strange, above all, thy length of tress,
And this all-solemn silentness!
The lady sleeps! Oh, may her sleep
Which is enduring, so be deep!
Heaven have her in its sacred keep!
This chamber changed for one more holy,
This bed for one more melancholy,
I pray to God that she may lie
For ever with unopened eye,
While the dim sheeted ghosts go by!
My love, she sleeps! Oh, may her sleep,
As it is lasting, so be deep;
Soft may the worms about her creep!
Far in the forest, dim and old,
For her may some tall vault unfold—
Some vault that oft hath flung its black
And winged panels fluttering back,
Triumphant, o’er the crested palls,
Of her grand family funerals—
Some sepulchre, remote, alone,
Against whose portal she hath thrown,
In childhood many an idle stone—
Some tomb from out whose sounding door
She ne’er shall force an echo more,
Thrilling to think, poor child of sin!
It was the dead who groaned within.

Montserrat Caballé

The original manuscript of the theory of relativity first display in public

An exhibition in Jerusalem shows the 46 pages in which Albert Einstein laid the foundation for the current understanding of the universe

ANA CÁRDENES (EFE) – Jerusalén – 07/03/2010 CÁRDENES ANA (AP) – Jerusalem – 07/03/2010 (English Translation)

The original manuscript in which Einstein enunciated his small lyrics and crowded the theory of general relativity in 1915 is on public display for the first time today in an exhibition in Jerusalem. In a small, dark, fitted out with stringent measures to conserve the historic document expert hands this morning carefully put 46 pages in German which made the great work of Albert Einstein, “the most important manuscript of the files of the scientist” in the words of Professor Hanoch Gutfreund, curator of the exhibition.

The leaves are yellow and full of formulas and crossings are “a huge discovery represents one of the greatest revolutions in modern science and completely changed the Newtonian understanding of the universe,” says Gutfreund, chairman of the Academic Committee of the Albert Einstein Archives guarding the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. “Today, all that predicts and explains this document is valid and current,” says this professor of Theoretical Physics on the pages setting forth the fundamental principles of equivalence, general covariance and the curvature of spacetime. Concepts that the public does not understand but that “laid the foundation for cosmology and the sciences that study the development of the universe.”

The text, which the German physicist described the Big Bang and predicted the discovery of black holes, completely changed the way we understand space, time and gravity and is the basis of all modern research and our current understanding of the universe.

The exhibition, which opened this afternoon at the Academy of Sciences and Humanities of Israel, is part of events to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the center. Yaari, president of the Academy is proud of the institution hosting the exhibit and said that Einstein was not only the founder of modern physics, but also “the leader of a group of scientists from German-speaking countries who had to flee of Nazism. “

The manuscripts will be exposed to the 27th of March, but the public room will only open for three hours each day. The conservative Spanish origin Timna Elper explains that conditions have been required “strict” to ensure that no harm to the manuscripts. “The room is kept with a stable temperature of 18 degrees, humidity of 50 and also limits the room light: ultraviolet light is not constant 50 lux and maintained,” explains the curator and restorer of paper, who does he not hesitate to point out that the work done on this manuscript has been “very exciting”.

‘ALICE’ IS A MONSTER! Opens $41M Friday & $45M Saturday; $115+M Weekend Blows Past ‘Avatar’ For Biggest Ever 3D Bow

Disney’s Alice In Wonderland is a monster hit despite blowing past its budget and bringing back mediocre reviews. It clearly becomes the biggest 3D bow ever and the best March release ever and the highest grossing movie of 2010 with $41 million on Friday and $45 million on Saturday. Remember, those higher priced 3D tickets make all the difference. Even so, the Tim Burton-directed, Johnny Depp-starring fantasy flick had the biggest 3D release of all time. Of its 3,728 North American locations this weekend, its total domestic 3D count is 2,063, plus 180 Imax 3D engagements. That helped the pic post a $115+M opening weekend with numbers  blowing away Avatar‘s first Fri-Sat-Sun. IMAX on Friday had the biggest day in their history with $4.3M for Alice. The IMAX weekend take of $11+M also is a record for the big screen company. Overseas, Alice shot to #1 almost everywhere after opening day and date in 40 territories beginning Wednesday…

Rabid otter attacks man, 96


VENICE — An rabid otter emerged from the brush and attacked a 96-year-old man early this morning, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The victim was walking in the 300 block of Venice East Boulevard 4:23 a.m. today when he was attacked, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Two witnesses saw the victim on the ground being attacked by the otter and used garden tools to fend it off. They called 9-1-1, according to a sheriff’s report.

Anyone with information is asked to call animal services at (941) 861-9500.

Animal Services responded and took the animal for its investigation. A rabies came back positive.

Both the victim and one of the witnesses who came to his rescue, a 36-year-old man, went to the Venice emergency room for treatment of injuries. The other rescuer was uninjured.

The witnesses thought they had killed the animal, but it began to retreat to the brush and had to be put down as dangerous to the public.


snip–from the hard copy story:

A witness found him on the ground…He was covered in blood, waving for his life and trying to shake off the otter when North Port resident and truck driver Raymond Duval spotted him at about 4:10 a.m. Friday.

That was bad enough, but what scared him even more, he said, was the fact that his arrival didn’t faze the otter.

“The otter never moved,” Duval said. “He just kept chewing on the man.

“All I heard was ‘Get this off me, get this off me.’ ”

Duval flagged down another driver and called 911. Christopher Janssen stopped to help and was also bitten by the otter, according a report from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.


When a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the call, the otter was still alive. It was shot three times, according to the report.

Best part of the story:

Venice resident Diana Garcia, who often walks in that area, said the otter’s death is a tragedy.

She said that she has seen a family of otters — parents and three babies — running from a creek to a pond. The area is dotted with three large lakes, single family homes and wild spaces, she said.

News of the otter’s death devastated her.

“How much damage could a poor otter have done?” she said. “At 4 a.m., (Denton) could have had any kind of animal come after him. Why wasn’t he in bed like the rest of us? When and where are these animals going to live?”

Forget salad, WINE ‘makes women slimmer’

Daily Mail (UK) By Fiona Macrae

Forget punishing gym regimes and endless salads.  The key to keeping trim could be cracking open the Chianti. Women who enjoy a glass or two of wine a day put on less weight than those who stick to mineral water or soft drinks, research shows, with red wine particularly forgiving.

The finding, from a long-term study of almost 20,000 women, suggests that the body processes the calories in alcohol differently to those in food. In other words, relax and drink up because the calories hardly count. The study is at odds with general assumption among dieters that alcohol is fattening.

But it does help explain why French and Italian women seem to avoid piling on the pounds, despite routinely drinking wine with their meals. The researchers asked 19,200 American women aged 39 and older about their drinking habits and then tracked their waistlines for the next 13 years.

Perhaps not surprisingly, all of the women tended to gain weight. But, the four in ten who declared themselves tee-total, gained the most inches, the Archives of Internal Medicine reports. The least weight was gained by those who drank ‘moderate’ amounts of alcohol – perhaps a glass or two of wine a day. The research, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, also showed that not all types of alcohol are equal.

Red wine was the most slimming and spirits and beer the least – perhaps explaining why lager gives some men a beer belly. The finding suggests that calories from alcohol are processed differently to those in foods. One theory is that in regular drinkers the liver develops a separate metabolic pathway to break down alcohol, with surplus energy turned mainly into heat, rather than fat.

In other words, if you take in 120 calories from a small glass of red wine, most of them will be burnt off. But if they are contained in a slice of takeaway pizza instead, more of them will be turned into fat. Similarly, the 570 calories found in a bottle of champagne count less than the 550-plus in a steak and kidney pie.

Drunk in moderation, red wine also has many other health benefits. Men and women did better on mental arithmetic tests after being given resveratrol, the ‘wonder ingredient’ in red wine, a study found. It is thought that resveratrol, a plant chemical said to have abilities from extending life to burning off junk food, widens the blood vessels, boosting blood flow to the brain.

Red wine can also stop blood clots from forming and raise levels of HDL cholesterol – ‘good cholesterol’ that protects against hardening of the blood vessels. Research has shown that just half a glass of red wine a day can greatly cut the odds of death from heart disease and that a glass or two of alcohol a day can extend life expectancy by almost four years.

But it is not all good news.  Alcohol is believed to be the biggest factor behind surging rates of breast cancer – and to blame for one in 20 of the 45,000 cases diagnosed each year. Drinking is also blamed for increasing numbers of women suffering liver and fertility problems.

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